Pattaya Daily News

14 August 2007 :: 15:08:55 pm 43384

DRUNKEN TOUR BUS DRIVER CUTS OFF VAN CAUSING ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES

An intoxicated tour bus driver attempted to turn right into a soi at a U-turn point. He cut off a minivan driving straight on the main road, causing the van to crash into the bus. The driver and passengers of the van were seriously injured. Fortunately, they were rescued and survived the crash. A few Chinese tourists on the tour bus had minor injuries. The intoxicated bus driver was arrested for drunk driving.
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On 13 August 2007, at 1 AM, Police Lieutenant Colonel Akadit Seemul, Dong-Tan, the investigation officer, was notified that a minivan had collided into a tour bus and some of the victims were trapped in the van. The accident occurred at a U-turn point on Sukhumvit Rd., in-bound from Sattahip to Pattaya City at the city line. Police officials, a doctor from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Sawang Boriboon Rescue workers rushed to the scene to assist the injured.
At the scene of the accident, near the Pattaya City line, in-bound from Sattahip to Pattaya, a bronze Gear minivan, license 5495, Chonburi, crashed into a red and yellow tour bus, license 30-9281, Bangkok, belonging to the S.C. Somchai Service Company, which was coming from Central Pattaya, and attempting to make a right turn into a soi at the U-turn point.

A male passenger, sitting in the front seat of the van, was severely injured. A woman in the back seat had injuries to her head and was unconscious. Both were rescued from the van safely. The minivan driver was trapped behind the steering wheel and sustained two broken legs. The rescue team struggled for fifteen minutes before, finally, extricating the driver from the van.The injured driver and two passengers, from the minivan, were immediately transferred to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. The injured parties did not have identification and were unable to speak.

There were seventeen Chinese passengers on the tour bus. Two female passengers sustained head injuries. Mr. Thavorn Jantherdchai (53), the bus conductor, also had head injuries. Officials took them to Banglamung Hospital. The tour operator transferred the other passengers to Sigma and Resort Hotel where they were scheduled to stay.

Police interrogated Mr. Thongchai Sawangkam (50), the bus driver, who is from Nakorn-nayok Province. He told police, with slurred speech, that the was taking the seventeen Chinese tourists back to the hotel after visiting Khao- Cheejan and eating dinner. While he was attempting to make a right turn into the soi at the U-turn point, a minivan suddenly came at a very high speed and crashed into his tour bus. Police took Mr. Thongchai to test his blood alcohol level, which was 183 milligrams and over the legal limit. Police arrested Mr. Thongchai for reckless driving and for driving while intoxicated, causing the accident.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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